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CruiseOne® Promotes Rosemarie Reed To Vice President Of Marketing »

September 30, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings, the largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has promoted Rosemarie Reed to Vice President of Marketing, where she will oversee the Consumer Marketing and Creative Services teams.
"Since joining us six years ago, Rosemarie has proven her ability in multiple roles to add value to this business and has demonstrated leadership attributes – not only leadership of people, but thought leadership, bringing about many significant changes in the way we go to market," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne.
A resident of Parkland, Fla., Reed most recently served as Director of Marketing with CruiseOne where she was at the forefront of digitalizing the company’s award-winning marketing efforts and transforming print materials to adapt to the changing needs of consumers...

Value Place Opens New Hotel In Grand Junction, Colorado »

September 30, 2014 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Value Place

124-room Hotel Provides A Clean, Safe, Affordable, Extended-Stay Option for Travelers
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado, located at 651 Market Street. This is the brand's fifth hotel in the state, joining Value Place hotels in Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Value Place has partnered with local franchisor VP Grand Junction, LLC to develop this hotel. The hotel will be open to the public effective September 30, 2014.
"We are pleased that VP Grand Junction, LLC has chosen our business model to secure their investment," said Andy Anderson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Value Place...

Starwood Hotels And Resorts To Relocate Global Headquarters To India In March 2015 For Month-Long Immersion »

September 30, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

CEO and Senior Leadership Team to Conduct Day-To-Day Business Out of India, Reflecting the Strategic Relevance of South Asia as Starwood's 3rd Largest Market
Following Insightful Relocations to China in 2011 and Dubai in 2013, the Move Will Bring the Company Closer to Owners, Associates, Guests and Customers in a Key Growth Region
NEW DELHI - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will relocate its global headquarters from the United States to India in March 2015 for a month-long immersion. Starwood President & CEO Frits van Paasschen and the company's top executives will split their time between Mumbai and Delhi, conducting day-to-day business from this important global destination with immense potential for outbound travel...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Debuts The Castle Hotel As Part Of The Luxury Collection Brand In China's Northern Coast »

September 29, 2014 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Owned by Dalian Yifang Group, The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian Sets a New Benchmark of Luxury in the Region
DALIAN, China - September 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), announces the opening of The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian. Owned by the Dalian Yifang Group and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel marks The Luxury Collection's first hotel in Liaoning, China offering the brand's signature concierge service and indigenous cultural experiences in a majestic urban retreat.
The exterior of The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian
The Castle Hotel joins a portfolio of distinct Luxury Collection hotels in China, including the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin; Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai; and The Royal Begonia Resort in Sanya...

W Hotels Worldwide To Enter Morroco With W Marrakech »

September 29, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Slated to open in 2017, Landmark W Hotels Project will Bring Cutting-Edge Design and Contemporary Luxury to the Vibrant City of Marrakech
MARRAKECH, Morocco - September 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that it will launch the W brand in Marrakech in 2017 with the opening of W Marrakech. Owned by Morocco-based Menatlas 14 S.A., the 148-room hotel will be located in the city’s dynamic Hivernage district.
"We are proud to partner with Menatlas 14 S. A. to bring the W brand to Morocco, particularly to Marrakech, one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in Africa," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East...

InterContinental New York Barclay Undergoes Extensive Renovation »

September 29, 2014 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan to undergo extensive renovation; hotel to be restored to become the luxury hotel of choice in New York.
ATLANTA – September 25, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces that the InterContinental New York Barclay is now closed to commence the $175 million renovation, which was announced on 19 December 2013. The hotel recently checked out its last guest in preparation for the 18-month refurbishment, which will revitalize the landmark property into the Midtown East luxury hotel of choice for elite travelers.
"We are delighted to work with our partners, Constellation Barclay Holding US LLC, to manage the extensive renovation of our classic New York hotel," said Hervé Houdré, regional director of operations and general manager of the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel...

IHG® Signs InterContinental® Lisbon And Crowne Plaza® Porto »

September 29, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

September 22, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of two flagship hotels in Portugal:
InterContinental® Lisbon and Crowne Plaza® Porto. Both properties will operate under management agreements between Hotelgal SA, a subsidiary of Global Hotels & Resorts, and IHG.
InterContinental Lisbon will open in just a few weeks' time and will undergo a phased refurbishment of the lobby and public areas. The property was built in 1984 as Le Meridien Hotel, before becoming the Tiara Park Atlantic Lisbon Hotel in 2008. Featuring 237 deluxe rooms, 78 executive rooms, 16 Suites, a fitness studio, 18 meeting rooms, delegate space and a spacious restaurant and bar, the hotel is set to become an icon of luxury in Lisbon's city centre...

IHG Announces The Opening Of A New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites For Spruce Grove, Alberta »

September 26, 2014 at 12:30PM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Convenient Location for Both Business and Leisure Travelers
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // SPRUCE GROVE, AB. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of a new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Spruce Grove following an $18 million investment by the ownership group. This 79,500-square-foot property has been added to IHG's hotels in Alberta, is located close to some of the city's major attractions such as TransAtla Tri Leisure Centre, Fuhr Sports Park and 20 minutes away from West Edmonton Mall. Other neighboring attractions include the Tri-Village which features many shops and popular eateries and the Acheson Industrial Park, a major employment area, home to more than 200 businesses...

IHG® Announces Its Seventh Multiple Development Agreement In Germany »

September 26, 2014 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

September 11, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced its seventh multiple development agreement (MDA) in Germany with existing owner partner Sierra Hotel Management Ltd. The first property already signed under the agreement is Holiday Inn Express® Karlsruhe – City Park, due to open in mid-2016.
Holiday Inn Express Karlsruhe – City Park marks the first hotel out of a total of five hotels in the agreement. The newly constructed hotel will feature 115 rooms, three multifunctional meeting rooms and ample car parking spaces for guests.
Holiday Inn Express Karlsruhe – City Park will occupy a prime location on Zimmerstrasse at the entrance to the city of Karlsruhe, which is home to the German Federal Constitutional Court, a number of large companies and several research institutions...

The Holiday Inn® Brand Launches #JourneyOnContest »

September 26, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

Inspiring Consumers to Share Their Extraordinary Journeys Through Visual Storytelling; Campaign Also Gives Consumers The Chance To Win Free Room Nights
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the launch of its Holiday Inn® brand's #JourneyOnContest via Instagram as part of the brand's Journey to Extraordinary campaign. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a single image can convey a powerful story that inspires many. From the first family road trip to the finish line of a race, photographs help capture an unforgettable moment in time at its core. That's why the Holiday Inn brand wants consumers to share captivating photographs that tell the story of their extraordinary journeys, past or present, in order to win the chance to start their next one...

IHG Announces The Upcoming Opening Of A Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites For Mont-Tremblant In Quebec »

September 26, 2014 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Hotel in Tremblant Pedestrian Village in Close Proximity to Numerous Ski Lifts
MONT-TREMBLANT, QC. – September 10, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces the upcoming opening of a new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Tremblant in time for the 2015 winter ski season. Expected to open early 2015 and following a $3.2 million investment by the ownership, this property is located in the heart of the Tremblant pedestrian village, conveniently accessible to numerous ski lifts, restaurants and shops. IHG currently has 14 hotels open in Quebec Province with two more in the pipeline.
Nearby attractions include the Mont-Tremblant Activity Centre, which offers everything from sleigh rides and snowmobiling in the winter to rock climbing and white water rafting in the summer, and world class golf courses such as Le Diable and Le Géant which are located within a short distance of the hotel...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Announces Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Release Date »

September 26, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - September 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced today that it will release the company's third quarter financial results prior to market open on Tuesday, October 28, followed by a conference call at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The conference call will include a brief discussion of the quarter and a question-and-answer session. It will be moderated by Stephen Pettibone, Vice President of Investor Relations.
Participants may listen to the simultaneous webcast by logging onto Starwood's corporate website at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/about/investor/earnings.html. A webcast replay will be available on the corporate website a few hours after the live event on Tuesday, October 28 and will run for one year...

Wyndham Hotel Group Signs First Upscale Property In Africa »

September 25, 2014 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

September 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // NAIROBI, Kenya – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of a management agreement for the first upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® property in Africa, the Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa, close to the Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and SpaThe 290-room resort, complete with an 18-hole golf course, conference centre and spa, is expected to open in 2017, becoming the second Wyndham Hotel Group brand to launch in the country following the signing earlier this year of the first Ramada® hotel in Nairobi.
The addition of Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa continues the rapid growth of the company's namesake brand in the Middle East and Africa, joining five other Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties under development in the region...

Choice Hotels Continues International Expansion In Turkey »

September 25, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

Global Hotel Franchise Opens Clarion Hotel Istanbul Airport North
ROCKVILLE, Md. Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced today the signing of Clarion Hotel Istanbul Airport North, signifying further expansion of the company's Turkish hotel portfolio.
A 237-room property close to the international Ataturk Airport, the Clarion Hotel Istanbul Airport North is scheduled to join the Choice Hotels portfolio in 2015."Expanding internationally in Europe is key to our global growth strategy, and we see great potential for our brands in Turkey," said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels. "We have focused initially on Istanbul because it's a thriving and vibrant destination for both business and leisure travelers...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Eighth Hotel In Atlanta Area »

September 24, 2014 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Hotel Brings Added Convenience for Travelers in its Location and Amenities
September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport North.
The six-story hotel, owned by Rajesh R. Patel, is the eighth Homewood Suites property in the Atlanta area and features 122 suites. Randy Money, general manager, and Madhavi Raju, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 40 years.
"Whether in town for a couple of days or for an extended visit, our comfortable, spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens and value-added extras like complimentary Wi-Fi, daily breakfast and airport shuttle service will provide guests the convenience and comfort they desire in traveling," said Randy Money, general manager, Homewood Suites Atlanta Airport North...

Wyndham Reflags Landmark Miami Beach Hotel »

September 24, 2014 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Reinvented Shelborne Wyndham Grand completes multi-million dollar restoration; Becomes South Beach's newest lifestyle destination.
September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Following an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation of the former Shelborne South Beach, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the opening of the landmark 200-room Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
Shelborne Wyndham GrandThe historic oceanfront hotel is located on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach's Art Deco district, steps from world-class dining, nightlife, shopping and beaches. Its opening furthers the Hotel Group's strategy to expand its namesake Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand in key destinations around the United States...

Aloft Hotels Presents 100 Days Of Music »

September 24, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

September 23, 2014 – December 31, 2014
NEW YORK - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - aloft  Hotels:
100 Shows. 100 Hotels. 100 Days of Music.
In Celebration of the Brand's Upcoming Milestone 100th Hotel Opening
Better Than Ezra (aloft Brooklyn) // JotDog (aloft Cancun) // The Feeling (aloft London Excel) // Sons of Bill (aloft Charlotte Ballantyne) // Chatham County Line (aloft Chapel Hill)
Cereus Bright (aloft Asheville Downtown) // Blue October (aloft Dallas Downtown & aloft Tempe) // Alex & Sierra (aloft Orlando Downtown) // Ryan Corn (aloft Dulles Airport North) //
Novah (aloft Brussels Schuman) // Johnnyswim (aloft Denver International Aiport) // Matt Nathanson (aloft Broomfield Denver) // Matthew Mayfield (aloft Milwaukee Downtown) // Royal Pirates (aloft Seoul Gangnam)
For A Complete Listing of All Artists and Tour Dates, Visit: Www...

Hilton Worldwide's Ever-Expanding Footprint In Louisville, KY Grows  »

September 24, 2014 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

With Signing of Dual-Build Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton
New two-in-one hotel development underscores Louisville as a prime real estate market.
September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va – This week, Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of the new dual-branded Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville East/Hurstbourne, adding to the 15 Hilton Worldwide properties currently located in the Louisville, Ky market. The 83-room Hampton Inn will be the tenth Hampton hotel property and the 74-room Home2 Suites by Hilton will be the first Home2 Suites brand property to the area, bringing a total of 157 new rooms. The property is scheduled to open in Q1 2017. In addition, Hilton Garden Inn and Embassy Suites hotels are currently in development in downtown Louisville...

Hilton Worldwide Signs Deal For New Home2 Suites By Hilton® Hotel In Downtown Indianapolis »

September 23, 2014 at 10:49AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Urban Property to be Housed in the Historic Consolidated Building
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel to be developed within the former Consolidated Building. Home2 Suites by Hilton is an award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests. The hotel, which will be owned by HRC Hotels, LLC and managed by Good Hospitality Services, Inc., will be the first Home2 Suites property in Indiana and demonstrates the brand’s commitment to expanding in urban markets and utilizing innovative building models.
Downtown Indianapolis was named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014, coming in third on the list from Livability...

CruiseOne® Receives Prestigious Accolades For Military Recruitment »

September 23, 2014 at 7:59AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel franchise recognized by "Military Times" and "Entrepreneur"
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, the nation’s leading home-based franchise travel agent network as part of World Travel Holdings, announces that Military Times ranked it number one on its annual Best For Vets: Franchises list, and by Entrepreneur as part of its Top Franchises for Veterans.
"Military veterans are heroes who have made many sacrifices to serve our country," said Tim Courtney, CFE, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne. "We are grateful for their service and recognize that many military veterans thrive as franchise owners, and being home-based and in the travel industry affords them the flexibility to spend time with family and get them in involved in the business...



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